Have you decided not to sell? 7 ways to make your kitchen shine while staying put

The one-two shot of high mortgage rates and inflation has caused potential buyers to reconsider buying a home now. This notion, in turn, has caused some sellers to rethink how to market their home.

If you’ve chosen to stay put for now in favor of making improvements to your home, we suggest you focus on the kitchen.

“A kitchen update can improve your home’s resale value, generate a good return on your investment, and breathe new life into the most popular room in the house,” says David Stekel, a home expert with Thumbtack. “A few small changes can lead to an unrecognizably beautiful kitchen space.”

Whether it’s new countertops or an appliance upgrade, here’s how to make your kitchen look as gorgeous as you’ve always wanted. Moreover, if you do decide to sell in the future, your new kitchen will be an asset to potential buyers.

1. Repaint and reface cabinets

If your cabinets look worn, replacing them isn’t your only option, try repainting them instead. Don’t know which color to choose? White is always a safe bet as it goes with everything and will appeal to most buyers if and when you decide to sell.

“It’s a lot cheaper than buying and installing new cabinets,” says Steckel. “And, you can use the money you save for other dream kitchen upgrades like a backsplash, new countertops, or new appliances.”

You can also replace or completely eliminate cabinet doors, or remove parts of wall-mounted upper cabinets to create open shelving.

2. Swap your cabinet hardware

Do your cabinet knobs and handles look a little worn or dated? It’s time to replace your hardware.

“Cabinet and drawer hardware is the crown jewel of the kitchen, and changing it is an easy way to drastically change the look of your space without a lot of work or expense,” says Gary McCoymanager of the Lowe’s store in Charlotte, North Carolina.

3. Install a new faucet

A new faucet can do more than just improve the functionality of your sink; it can also transform the look of your kitchen.

“Faucets have an instant impact on the design of a space,” says Steph Gaelick of Drawings by Steph Gaelick in Brooklyn, NY. “No matter your budget, I would advise buying a reputable and trusted brand. This makes upgrading a great selling point when deciding to sell, and gives buyers the confidence to know that these upgrades are beautiful and will last.

Gaelick recommends the Purist collection from Kohler, which suits a wide range of aesthetics. His personal preference is the matte black finish as it has mass appeal.

4. Upgrade your counters

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, is there anything more exciting than choose new counters? Just be sure to choose the right type of material for your lifestyle.

Quartz, granite and butcher block countertops are the most popular options right now, Steckel says. Marble is a timeless and beautiful countertop choice, but this type of natural stone is notoriously high maintenance.

Also, make sure your new countertops complement the color of your backsplash and cabinetry.

5. Beautify your island

“Countertops represent a lot of visual space in the kitchen. My go-to design hack for anyone looking to transform the look of their kitchen on a budget is to simply swap out the kitchen island cladding,” says Kim Lewis of Designs by Kim Lewis in Austin, Texas. “It’s naturally a focal point and gathering point of the kitchen, so adding a nice cladding goes a long way.”

Lewis loves Silestone’s quartz countertop in calacatta gold as it captures the beauty and drama of natural stone, is durable and requires no maintenance. It can also be easily obtained from Home Depot.

6. Add shiny new appliances

Were your appliances installed when the Year 2000 bug was a major concern? If the answer is yes, it’s probably time to replace your fridge, stove, dishwasher or microwave, or all of the above.

You can replace a plastic dishwasher with a more durable, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel model. Ditch your white fridge and opt for a black stainless steel option with French doors. Or go all out and get yourself a smart fridge.

“If you have a single wall oven, talk to an appliance contractor about creating more space in your kitchen for a double oven,” says Steckel.

7. Rethink your lighting

Good lighting is essential in a kitchen, so be sure to bring a variety of fixtures.

“Give the room a new glow by running rope lights along the bottom of the upper and lower cabinets,” says McCoy.

If you’re really looking to make a statement, hang a pair of decorative pendant lights on your counter or island.

“It creates a feeling of warmth and sophistication, while anchoring the space,” says Paul de Andrade of Studio Kestrel At New York.

De Andrade recommends Harvey Pendant by Arteriorswhich features natural rattan and an open dome shape that adds texture and ambiance to your space.

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